No Matter Your Age, High Blood Pressure Ages Your Brain

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Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 and for those who are even slightly elevated above that, premature brain aging, cognitive decline and eventually a higher risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s are a reality. That according to a study published in the November edition of The Lancet Neurology, which is the first study of its kind to suggest a risk for brain aging for even those under 40.

As Melanie Haiken reports for Forbes, arteries harden in individuals with higher blood pressure, which limits blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Researchers reported that brains observed with high blood pressure appeared to be about 10-years older, even in individuals in their 30s.

The ramifications of this study are clear. High blood pressure is no longer something you can put off worrying about until your 40s or 50s. Exercise, losing weight and cutting back on salt intake can all lower blood pressure and are lifestyle changes that should be made sooner, rather than later.

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